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Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 04/25/2012

Shuttle Enterprise move from Washington to New York delayed again

The space shuttle Enterprise’s move from Washington to New York has been delayed for a second time because of bad weather, NASA officials announced.

Enterprise is now expected to leave Dulles Airport on Friday between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.


The space shuttle Enterprise rests atop the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at Dulles Airport, waiting for clear weather before it can be transported to New York. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

The shuttle was originally set to depart Washington for its new home on Monday, but a storm that dropped several inches of rain — and even some snow — across the Northeast forced the flight time to be postponed.

It was rescheduled to fly out on Wednesday, but rain forecast in the New York region caused another delay.

Officials are keeping their fingers crossed that Friday’s scheduled departure can go off without a hitch.

“The weather is predicted to be more favorable Friday,” according to a NASA news release, but officials were careful to note that the schedule remains tentative.

Enterprise has been mounted on a shuttle carrier aircraft, a revamped Boeing 747 jet, at Dulles since Saturday.

The shuttle, which never flew in space but was used for testing purposes in the 1970s, has been on display at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly.

Barring any new weather concerns, Enterprise will do a flyover of the New York metro area on Friday before landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

It will eventually go on display at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan.

By  |  08:50 AM ET, 04/25/2012

 
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